Controversy rages over the treatment of African migrants who try to reach Europe via Spain’s North African enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta. A Spanish TV crew has filmed migrants who say they were rounded up and left in the middle of the desert by Moroccan forces after being turned away from the enclaves by Spanish police.
“I come from a refugee camp in Benin,” said one man. “This isn’t right. I’m black, you’re white. This is wrong.” “I’m going back to Melilla,” said another. “My life is there. I’m going there to work, so I can feed my sisters.” The charity Doctors Without Borders raised the alarm on Friday about the plight of 500 migrants who say they were taken away from the enclaves in buses and trucks and then left in the desert in the south of Morocco without food and water. Eleven people have died in recent days as Moroccan and Spanish forces try to stop the scaling of the fences around Melilla and Ceuta.